Like the first issue, this installment of The 36 moved at a brisk pace, smoothly transitioned between exciting action and naturalistic humor, and ended with several story threads that readers will be eager to follow into the next issue. White has a talent for writing an entertaining tale that leaves you wanting more.
Introduced last issue as the master of the Golem, the Trench Coat Man has a large role in this issue, and I found him to be a particularly interesting character. Given the mysterious noir-style that Zapata uses in this character's scenes, he ended up reminding me of the old X-Files characters who had cryptic names like "the cigarette smoking man," "the well manicured man," etc. While his identity is revealed in this issue, I won't spoil that twist, but I will say that, given the creative "end" he meets, I do hope this is not the last we've seen of the Trench Coat Man.
This issue also gives the readers a good idea of where the main characters are heading and how their paths will be intertwined down the road. White sets up a decent love triangle and adds a little monkey wrench from Noam that hints at a tragic past for our lead character.
White also included a special thank you at the beginning of this issue to The 36's Kickstarter backers. Given my own pride for the independent and small-press books out there, I was really happy to see White's sincere gratitude to his supporters and his positive outlook on the future for small-press creators. There were only 122 backers, which only makes the message of The 36, that a determined few can make great things happen together, that much stronger.
That’s all for now, comic book-sniffers! You can also check out Fanboy Comics’ previous interviews with Kristopher White at the following links:
‘Till the end of the world,
-Bryant the Comic Book Slayer